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50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017


Milligan College

Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts located in Milligan College, Tennessee. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. The College began as a private secondary school known as the Buffalo Male and Female Institute. By the early 1880s the school began offering collegiate level programs, expanding under the leadership of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.”

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the University’s several schools. These include the School of Arts & Humanities; the School of Bible & Ministry; the William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology; the School of Sciences & Allied Health; and the School of Social Sciences & Education. A number of graduate degrees and adult degree completion programs are also offered through Milligan College’s Graduate & Professional Studies department. Situated on a large, rural campus in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee, students and staff alike enjoy magnificent views of the natural surrounding beauty. The campus itself is well laid out and features a number of small creeks, green space, and plenty of trees. The architectural style of the College’s facilities is mixed, though there are a number of neoclassical-revival buildings, including the College’s beautiful chapel.


Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1901 as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan, the school was originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance. In 1911 the school was renamed Trevecca College for Christian Workers after the school began offering its first bachelor’s degrees. The school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene In 1917 and went through several changes, eventually earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The University’s purpose and intent is that its “graduates be socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.” Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969.

Trevecca Nazarene University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Trevecca Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. All students under the age of 23 live on-campus (with certain exceptions) and on-campus housing is available in the form of several residence halls. Situated on a compact, urban campus, the grounds are well laid out and feature an abundance of trees, green space and paths for walking and jogging. Trevecca Nazarene University boasts several beautiful buildings with lovely stone exteriors, white pillars and steeples, and generous amounts of windows. Among the University’s most aesthetically pleasing facilities are the Adams Administration Building, the Greathouse Science Buildings, and the McClurkan Building.


George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon and is affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. George Fox was established in 1885 by a group of Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) in honor of the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. More than 40 undergraduate major are offered in addition to several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs in the areas of business, counseling, education, physical therapy, and psychology. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report. Situated on a large urban campus, Hess Creek runs through the University’s grounds which border U.S. Route 99W. An abundance of trees fill the area, giving the campus a park-like feel. George Fox University boasts several modern facilities and a unique, centrally located clock tower.


Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in 1860, Wheaton College was established in the evangelical Protestant tradition and is well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results. The College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper. Wheaton College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including approximately 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Among Wheaton’s students, 7% come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Comprised of multiple departments, more than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. A number of graduate-level programs are also available in a wide range of disciplines. Located in the affluent suburban city of Wheaton, Illinois, an area with an estimated population of over 53,000, Wheaton’s campus is set on a moderately sized campus which boasts a beautiful and well designed layout. Lovely buildings designed in a Classical, Romanesque architectural style fill the campus, featuring beautiful red brick and lovely white pillars. Just 25 miles west outside of Chicago, the campus is surrounded by trees and shrubs of all varieties, giving the area a beautiful, natural element.


Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Christian institution located in Houston, Texas. Established in 1960, HBU was founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas with the intention of providing “a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’” HBU offers an intimate college environment with an enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,000 undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. HBU’s boasts a diverse student body, with students hailing from all ethnic backgrounds and even several walks of faith. As a Christian institution, HBU requires that all undergraduate students complete 80 Community Life and Worship (CLW) credits – of which, a minimum of 50 CLW credits must be earned through attendance at Convocation.

Houston Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is comprised of multiple colleges and schools. These include the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, the College of Education & Behavior Sciences, the College of Science & Mathematics, the School of Christian Thought, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Humanities, the School of Nursing & Allied Health, and the HBU’s Honors College. HBU is committed to providing its students with a place to live that is both safe and affordable. HBU offers a variety of housing options, ranging from residence colleges to student apartments to living-learning communities, in an effort to meet all types of individualized needs. Situated on an urban campus of 100 acres, HBU is located minutes away from Houston’s thriving downtown district. The University’s facilities favor a modern, yet traditional architectural design; included among the school’s more notable buildings are the Hinton Center, HBU’s campus landmark, the Cullen Science Center, and the Eula Mae Baugh Center.


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